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shake down

1. verb To blackmail someone for money; to extort someone. A noun or pronoun is often used between "shake" and "down." The assistant has been shaking the governor down ever since he found out that she'd been taking bribes.
2. verb By extension, to ask, pressure, or force someone to pay a sum of money, often an exorbitant or unfair amount. A noun or pronoun is often used between "shake" and "down." I think it's criminal that the IRS gets to shake you down for so much of your hard-earned cash each year. Her private school offers the best education in the state, but they don't hesitate to shake us down for the privilege. Before you know it, the kids will be driving their own cars and shaking you down for money on the weekends.
3. verb To become acclimated, organized, or established (in something or some place new). So, how's your first week in the office been? You shaking down all right? It took us a few weeks to shake down after the move, but we're feeling right at home now.
4. verb To search someone or something thoroughly, especially for weaponry or prohibited substances. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shake" and "down." The bouncer is shaking down everyone to make sure no one smuggles booze or drugs into the concert. The officer shook me down even though I told him I didn't have a gun on me.
5. noun An instance of blackmail for money or extorsion. As a noun, the phrase is usually written as one word. The FBI captured the shakedown on video and was able to use it at the trial.
6. noun By extension, an instance of asking, pressuring, or forcing someone to pay a sum of money, often an exorbitant or unfair amount. As a noun, the phrase is usually written as one word. It's time for the annual shakedown by the IRS again. Every time I turn around, there's another shakedown at the office for some charity or fundraiser or whatever.
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shake someone down

 
1. to blackmail someone. (Underworld.) Fred was trying to shake Jane down, but she got the cops in on it. The police chief was trying to shake down just about everybody in town.
2. to put pressure on someone to lend one money. We tried to shake down Max for a few hundred, but no deal. If you're trying to shake me down, forget it. I have no cash.
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shake down

1. Extort money from, as in They had quite a racket, shaking down merchants for so-called protection. [Slang; second half of 1800s]
2. Make a thorough search of, as in They shook down all the passengers, looking for drugs. [Slang early 1900s]
3. Subject a new vehicle or machine to a tryout, as in We'll shake down the new model next week.
4. Become acclimated or accustomed, to a new place, job, or the like, as in Is this your first job? You'll soon shake down. [Mid-1800s]
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shake down

v.
1. To extort money from someone: The mob regularly sends thugs to shake down local businesses. The blackmailer shook us down for $1000.
2. To make a thorough search of someone or something: The guards shook down the prisoners' cells for hidden weapons. The airport security guards shook me down.
3. To become acclimated or accustomed, as to a new environment or a new job: We gave the new hire a few weeks to shake down before assigning her to a project.
See also: down, shake

shake someone down

1. tv. to blackmail someone. (Underworld.) The police chief was trying to shake down just about everybody in town.
2. tv. to put pressure on someone to lend one money. We tried to shake them down for a few hundred, but no deal.
See also: down, shake, someone

shakedown

n. an act of extortion. (Underworld.) Mary was giving Bruno the shakedown, so he tried to put her out of the way.
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No problem, grab those Swiss bank accounts, bring back Ishaq Dar and shake him down since he knows where the 'looted wealth' is buried.
Following the extortion, Hart got authorities involved to track down the person who was attempting to shake him down for cash.
Initially, perhaps, there was no plan to kill him, but there was a clear intent to shake him down. When he could not deliver what the police wanted, they killed him just like that.
Although Ecclestone denied making the 'corrupt deal', he however, admitted that he had paid ten million pounds to Gribkowsky as the banker had threatened to 'shake him down' over his family's tax affairs.
That same day, in Monofeya, a driver killed a known thug who tried to shake him down for protection money.
A source said: "The accuser is a dishonourably discharged military person with multiple probation violations who is trying to shake him down for money."
* There's nothing Mel Gibson doesn't deserve, but the southern California synagogue trying to shake him down for being an anti-Semite is gross.
Standa's former boss Zdenek (Ivan Trojan) still owes him a lot of money, so the screwy duo decide to shake him down.
In 1981, when a city contractor complained to the FBI that Collatos, then an employee of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, was trying to shake him down, the bureau wired the contractor, who then paid a $12,500 bribe to Collatos in a monitored transaction.
Unless the AMLC wants to shake him down, it should immediately ask the courts to drop Wong's name from the charge sheet.
"The accuser is a dishonorably discharged military person with multiple probation violations who is trying to shake him down for money," a source said.
The accusation that a mysterious man tried to shake him down for pounds 5million in a corridor of Leinster House, and even suggested that he could end up in the Liffey, sounds like something out of a gangster movie.